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Venues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
(215) 849-2855
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4.8 out of 5
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    Stephanie

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  • Awbury Arboretum was the most amazing location for our winter wedding. The staff was flexible and attentive, there was nothing I had to worry about on the big day. Special thank you to Agi and her staff who helped put everything together to make my day so memorable.

    Julia

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  • Awbury Arboretum was the perfect venue for our medium-sized wedding of 60-something people. One thing that's so appealing about the venue is that there are multiple options for where to stage your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. We were able to have distinct sections of the day, each in their own spaces--the ceremony on the gently sloping front lawn, the cocktail hour on the large-wrap around porch, the reception under the big tent on the premises, and dancing, cake-cutting, and toasts in the parlor. There are also many beautiful spots within the arboretum, so you can do all your photos on the grounds of the arboretum if you'd like. It's possible to have a simple, beautiful wedding without decorating the grounds at all. We didn't have an arbor or any decorative touches for our ceremony and none were needed. With the green grounds, big trees as a backdrop, and the Quaker-style house, the setting exudes charm and allowed the focus to be on the people. It was a dream to work ... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Julia, wow! Your kind words mean so much to us, and we are so grateful for couples like you. Congrats to you and Chris!

    Chelsea

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    5 out of 5
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  • Can't say enough good things about this venue. Branda is great to work with and was really helpful from day one. The space is beautiful, especially with the new tent addition in the back. The price is fair for such a large beautiful green space, tent, and house all to yourself. We had about 100 guests, and the amount of room was perfect. Birchtree is also great to work with, and their food is incredible! Having them cater is definitely the priciest aspect of renting here, but the food and service is worth it. We still have friends and family raving to us about how much they loved the food, and we got married a month ago. Birchtree's organization and attention to detail the day of was also seamless. We had a chance of rain, and transitioned into having our ceremony under the back tent instead of on the front lawn without any issues. Amazing venue, we'd get married here again in a heartbeat if we could!

    Stephanie

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  • We absolutely loved our wedding at Awbury two weeks ago (May 2018)! Even with the late spring and the rainy week leading up to it, the grounds were stunning. Branda and her team have put a lot of work into spiffing up the grounds around the Cope house - with lovely new stone walkways, new wood chips, and blooming flower beds. There is also a semi-permanent tent now (which we didn't use but looks very nice). Our ceremony was on the freshly mown lawn in front of the house, and our brunch reception was inside in the parlor. The parlor has beautiful large windows that open up into doorways leading to the porch, and we were able to utilize the entire space. Our wedding was very small with 25 guests, and I couldn't imagine a more perfect setting. Birchtree (their exclusive caterer) managed the entire set-up and clean-up, but all design and decor creations were our responsibility. If you are a DIY enthusiast, Awbury is the perfect place, the Cope house being very much a blank slate. With t... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you Stephanie! We loved celebrating with you!

    S

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  • Loved our wedding at Awbury! We had an outdoor ceremony on the last weekend of October and their trees were popping with color and gorgeous! Branda was fantastic to work with throughout our wedding planning process and facilitated coordination between the different wedding parties for the weekend. She was very responsive and able to answer any questions we had. Day-of staff were also extremely helpful in coordinating the event and making sure things were moving along on schedule. We loved this space and it was everything we could have asked for.

    Rachel

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  • We got married at Awbury on 10/7/17. We walked in and immediately knew it was the perfect venue. It has some indoor space, enough for about 60 guests, and ample area outside to cover with a tent in case of rain. It also has fantastic wraparound porches and great getting ready spaces, as well as a small kitchen for caterers. Awbury is definitely a DIY venue. Though they provide some tables and chairs, you will need to rent more if you are having a larger wedding. Also, you are responsible for all setup and cleanup. This was not a problem for us at all. We had friends, family, and hired helpers who took care of setup/cleanup, but if you want a venue that does all that for you, this might not be a good fit. Awbury seems to be doing more weddings and has changed some things since we first booked them. They have done a lot of improvements, such as building a beautiful blue stone patio out back which made a perfect area to set up a tent and dinner tables. We were able to bring in a buf... Read more

    Jessica

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  • We had a beautiful wedding at Awbury this September. We liked Awbury because it's close to our home, allowed us to DIY many aspects, and was a beautiful location. We liked the mix of indoor and outdoor spaces which created a nice flow to the day. We had our ceremony off the side porch, cocktail hour on the front porch, dinner in the tent on the patio, and dancing in the parlor. The property has lots of green space for photographs. Branda, their site coordinator, is a joy to work with and Robin was there the whole day. Do keep in mind that you will have to rent most of your furniture and a tent. We had to do all of the setup the morning of, so consider booking extra time if you have substantial decor.

    Erin

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  • We chose Awbury Arboretum for our ceremony. The grounds are gorgeous! It rained on our wedding day, but the inside of the Francis Cope house is beautiful. Awbury is an oasis in Philadelphia. Branda, the manager, is great at what she does! She responded to every email/ silly question that I had.

    Nick

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    5 out of 5
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  • Awbury Arboretum was the perfect wedding venue. The grounds and the Cope House are stunningly beautiful - you really can't ask for a more picturesque setting if you want an outdoor, rustic wedding. Branda, the manager, was really easy to work with. You can tell that she loves the arboretum and takes a lot of pleasure in helping people plan events there. The flexibility to bring in your own caterer really allows you to have a personalized wedding. The constraints of the kitchen space in the Cope House can be challenging for a caterer, but we spoke with multiple caterers from Awbury's list of preferred companies, and it wasn't a problem for us to find several different catering options. The combination of the indoor space in the Cope House, the porches surrounding the house, and the paved patio make for a really lovely atmosphere and allow you to have an outdoor wedding while still offering your guests some comforts of indoors. We got a lot of compliments from our guests about how gorgeo... Read more

    Ari

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  • Awbury Arboretum is the most beautiful venue in the Philly area. From the moment my fiance and I walked on the property we loved every little, charming thing about it. The house has so much character and is absolutely stunning. Branda, the events coordinator is personable and kind. She responds quickly and has so much grace when answering questions. Unfortunately, my fiance and I had some financial issues that made Awbury outside of our budget making so we were not able to host our wedding here. Otherwise, it is a good value. I will say that the exclusive caterer that Awbury uses is disproportionately expensive to the cost of the actual venue, but every review of the caterer says its well worth the cost. I'd highly recommend Awbury for any event you are hosting! Like I said, Branda is the best.

    natalie

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  • Awbury was one of my first venues to visit when planning our wedding. upon walking on the grounds, we were impressed with the preserved space and great accommodations for a wedding. Located in the Germantown section of Philly, this venue is close to a nature sanctuary, but still remaining in an urban neighborhood! Awbury is exclusively paired with BIRCHTREE CATERING to provide wedding services, planning assistance, and of course outstanding and delicious food. The 2 are a package deal if that's something you're interested in....saving the hassle of picking a catering company that is not familiar with the venue. Birchtree and Awbury work so well together and saved me alot of stress in the planning process. Awbury's rental program supports a mission of providing our urban neighbors free access to nature and history 365 days a year. Because of renters of this wonderful space they are able to provide thousands of local children free or low-cost field trips and adventure camps, serve our ... Read more

    Adrienne

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • My husband and I were looking for a wedding venue that would accommodate our large wedding (around 170), but that would still be flexible and allow us to create the event that we wanted. It turns out this is a difficult ask, but Awbury fit the bill! They were very flexible and Branda, who was our point of contact, was incredibly helpful through every step of the process. No question was too small for her. We had our ceremony on the wrap around porch, and fit all of our guests under a tent on the newly paved patio behind the house. I was worried it would feel small, but Branda suggested a solution of adding a second adjoining small tent for the bar, and it worked beautifully. There are some quirks given that Awbury is in a residential neighborhood - the reception needed to end at 9:00 and Awbury is necessarily serious about keeping the DJ speaker noise level down out of respect for the neighbors. However, people were happy and the 9:00 end time didn't feel too early. We rent... Read more

    Harriet

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  • We loved having our wedding at Awbury Arboretum. The grounds and house are beautiful, especially the porches, and the venue set the tone perfectly for our laid-back DIYish wedding. We were so happy to have the paved patio under the tent instead of the mulch. This was a great update for Awbury to make this year (2017). Branda, the event coordinator/manager at Awbury is so friendly and easy to work with and we got the sense that she really takes pride in what she does. A few things to note for a couple considering having their wedding or other event at Awbury Arboretum: It is not the park plaza (obviously). It's a venue where you need to bring everything to and from it. All set up needs to happen day of as does any breakdown. It works best for a couple wishing to have a daytime wedding because the music (at least for us under the tent) needs to be shut off by 9pm because of the neighboring residents. Checkout Awbury's Pinterest page for inspiration!

    Rachel

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • We were thrilled to have our wedding at Awbury. Branda was such a pleasure to work with over the 12 months leading up to our event. A lot of our guests had never heard of or been to the Arboretum, and were very pleasantly surprised upon arrival, so it was nice to introduce them to this neighborhood gem. We visited a bunch of times during the planning process and always felt welcome. Even though there was a wedding the night before, the house and grounds looked great when we arrived the morning of our big day. It doesn't feel like a wedding factory at all. One of the things we liked most about Awbury was their flexibility and how laid back and accommodating they were. They also made a bunch of upgrades for this summer season. Just keep in mind that you will have to budget for extras. We rented tables and chairs, linens and glassware, paid for extra hours in order to get ready and dressed before the wedding, and ended up hiring a valet service, which was pricey but we felt offer... Read more

    Andrea

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    4.3 out of 5
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  • We got married and had our reception outdoors at Awbury Arboretum in the early summer. We wanted to do a very DIY wedding, so this was perfect! Branda was responsive and worked with my wedding coordinator who has done many weddings at Awbury. There are a lot of rules which felt limiting at times (we had food trucks and it could only be in certain places, stricter music off and volume policy), but they're transparent about it upfront and if you ask questions. Overall, the ability to pick your own vendors and BYO alcohol allowed us to have the wedding we wanted.
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